Nick Spencer has been winning over critics left and right with series like Morning Glories and Thief of Thieves (which was co-written with Robert Kirkman). Riley Rossmo has been popping up left and right at Image Comics lately but his work has been hit or miss with me. Green Wake was difficult, but I like what he's done in Debris and he definitely knows how to do horror. The pair are collaborating in the upcoming Image series called Bedlam.
Bedlam is set in a city that's "been terrorized by a maniacal killer and a crime boss called Madded Red." The killer has reclaimed his given name, Filmore Press, and seems to be rehabilitated. The city is not quite repaired yet as it's still soaked in the blood and madness that Press left.
"It's a scary world these characters live in. A desperate one. It's brutal what we put them through," says writer Spencer. "The shocks aren't confined to the last page, they're peppered throughout. There are a lot of 'shift in your seat uncomfortably' moments. You don't get Riley Rossmo to draw your book and not heap on the horror and violence."
"Bedlam's art is pulling a bit stylistically from my last three books," said Rossmo. "I'm trying for a cleaner line, lots of spotted blacks, and strong well-designed color palettes. The Film 'M' and David Mazzucchelli are big visual influences. I'm super-happy with the pages I've finished so far."
Not much else has been given in the form of details for Bedlam. Spencer has said that this isn't a mini-series. He intends to keep this going for years with the goal of building "a mythology around a modern American metropolis with Madder Red as our guide." It sounds interesting enough.
The first issue of Bedlam hits shelves on Halloween of this year and will be a double-sized issue at 48 pages. Frazer Irving will handle the cover for the first issue.
What do you think of Bedlam? Do you think it will be the next Morning Glories?
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